Beaverton Farmers Market...in the beginning
Beaverton Farmers Market was started in 1988 by the Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association. They wanted a social gathering place for the community and had no idea it would take off like it did. By its second year it had outgrown the CBNA's ability to oversee it and had to establish its own volunteer board and hire a manager.
Despite growing to be one of the largest and most successful farmers markets in the state, the market has never lost its role as a community gathering place. Every week we watch families and friends come together to shop, visit, and play together. They'll pick up breakfast or lunch and enjoy music in the park.
I moved to Oregon from So. Cal. in 1994. In my packet I carried an article from Sunset magazine talking about this amazing farmers market in Beaverton. I had no idea where Beaverton was at the time, but I was going to find it and check out their market. As it turns out, we moved to SW Portland and were delighted when we learned that Beaverton was just a few miles away. We found the market and loved it immediately; we became loyal shoppers.
(The attached picture is of my family after a shopping trip in 1995. It was my birthday and each of the kids picked out a bouquet for me. The little girl in the picture is now 31 years!)
I wasn't really looking for a job at the time. With three kids we were hoping that I could stay at home with them for a while. Then one day a friend who often came to the market with us called to say that she saw a job listing in the newspaper for a manager for the BFM. I knew that I had to apply. With a college degree in Primate Behavior and a secondary degree in Ornamental Horticulture plus a professional life in the restaurant business (my husband and I own restaurants) it was a perfect mix – people, plants, and food – for managing a farmers' market. I got the job, and my first season was 1996.
Next month will continue the story and the vision I have for the market. I've now been with the market for 27 amazing years and appreciate my relationships with everyone who makes BFM a success.
Beaverton Farmers Market
Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton